Ricard and Berreau earn All-WCC for Benson girls basketball team

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Claire Ricard (right) defends an opponent’s shot during the Braves’ season-ending loss at Litchfield.

The Benson girls basketball team went 7-18 overall in 2018-19, including a 3-10 mark within the WCC to finish sixth of the eight teams.  The Braves were seeded sixth in the Section 3AA Girls Basketball Tournament and lost to third-seeded Litchfield in the opening round, 61-60.  

It was one of the best games of the season for the Braves, who had the lead before Litchfield hit a long three-pointer to go into halftime with a 28-27 advantage.  Benson also held the lead late in the second half after scoring the go-ahead basket with under 30 seconds left.  However, the Dragons hit the winning shot with about 15 seconds left and the Braves were unable to answer at the other end.

Sauk Centre won the WCC title with a 14-0 conference record, while BOLD was 11-3, Minnewaska Area and Morris Area were both 9-5, Melrose Area was 6-8, Benson was 3-10, ACGC was 2-12, and Montevideo was 1-12.
 
The Braves and Montevideo had one more game scheduled against each other, but it was eventually canceled due to weather.

Seniors lost to graduation from this year’s Benson girls basketball team are Gracie Lenz, Jacqui Hanson, Katelyn Tolifson, Katelyn Young, Matilyn Short, Olivia Hoffman, and Paige Cain.  They were set to each receive six-year girls basketball awards during the season-ending banquet.

Victories this year for the Braves came against Ogilvie (58-49), Paynesville (53-39), ACGC (54-43), Montevideo (51-37), Osakis (40-31), Lakeview (52-50), and ACGC again (65-56).

The Braves started out 2-2 and 4-7, but then lost six-straight to fall to 4-13 overall before winning three-straight games from Jan. 25-Feb. 1.  The season ended with five losses, including the one-point loss to Litchfield in the section opener...

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PICTURED: Claire Ricard (right) defends an opponent’s shot during the Braves’ season-ending loss at Litchfield.
 

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